J&K: Is Hurriyat toning down its calendar of protests?

Following a change in guard in Pakistan Army, the Hurriyat may also stop it altogether

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In all the calendars one common programme was to pray for the prosperity of Pakistan. The calendars were sent out as press releases or through Whatsapp.

The calendar of protests being issued by the separatists of the Kashmir Valley is likely to stop next week. It was this document that guided the protests in Kashmir following the death of Burhan Wani, the Hizbul Mujahideen commander.

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Highly-placed sources say that the Hurriyat is planning to either stop issuing the calendar or tone it down completely by next week. In all the calendars one common programme was to pray for the prosperity of Pakistan. The calendars were sent out as press releases or through Whatsapp.

The other reason for it to be toned down could be due to fatigue. The people of the Valley have suffered due to the shut down. The separatists feel that continuing with the protests could end up in them losing out on local support.

J&K: Is Hurriyat toning down its calendar of protests?

The source said that the decision has been taken with a view of planning something new in the Valley. Since the earlier issued calendars were at the behest of the Pakistan Army, officials suspect that this decision has been taken due to a change in guard there.

Is the Hurriyat fatigued?

The decision to issue a protest calendar was the idea of the former Pakistan army chief, General Raheel Sharif. However, with General Qamar Javed Bajwa, who replaced him, there is a change in strategy, Intelligence Bureau officials suspect.

"The protest calendar being withdrawn should not be seen as a sign of peace. Instead, it should be viewed as the start of something new," the officer added. Bajwa, who is considered to be an expert on Kashmir, appears to have something up his sleeve, the officer also said.

Officials are keeping a close watch on the situation in Kashmir. Once the Hurriyat stops issuing the protest calendar, normalcy would return. But the next three months would be very crucial, as Pakistan would ensure that it does not remain for too long.

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